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The World's War

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That in the centenary year of the First World War there could still be revelations is quite astounding, shocking too that much of the accounts in David Olusoga’s book don’t appear in other histories of the war. He is writing about how the image of the “British Tommy” in the trenches is only part of the story, the war was after all a World War and thus the nations involved range from Fiji to China by way of India and Canadian Native Americans. David Olusoga explores the war as a multi-national experience on many different fronts, the battles, the people involved and what happened to them and, above all, why did their contribution fade from history.

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Who is Sue Baker

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Our view of the Great War is forever dominated by images of Europe at war in the trenches of Flanders. David Olusoga reminds us, however, that it was called a world war for a reason. There were campaigns in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and Europeans fought against and alongside peoples from other continents. This globalisation of violence was even more true of the conflict fought in Europe, where the Allies bought in colonial soldiers to boost their numbers and break the deadlock. The wartime experience of these African, Chinese or Indian participants, for too long neglected, is detailed here.
~ Jonathan North

Synopsis

The World's War by David Olusoga

A unique account of the millions of colonial troops who fought in the First World War, and why they were later air-brushed out of history. Every major battle fought on the Western Front, from the First Battle of Ypres to the Second Battle of the Marne, was fought by Allied armies that were multi-racial and multi-ethnic. Yet from the moment the guns fell silent the role of non-white soldiers in the 'Great War for Civilization' was forgotten and airbrushed out by later historians. THE WORLD'S WAR quotes extensively from soldiers' diaries and other eye-witness sources, bringing to life the searing experiences of the hundreds of thousands of non-white troops whose bravery contributed to the final Allied victory.

Reviews

'In a remarkable and eye-opening book Olusoga has restored the conflict's global perspectives ... the magnificent, eloquently written The World's War is a genuinely groundbreaking piece of research'
BBC History

. 'Meticulously researched and beautifully written
Military History Monthly

About the Author

David Olusoga is a historian and a BBC producer, and an expert on the themes of colonialism, slavery and racism. He is the co-author of the much-praised THE KAISER'S HOLOCAUST (2010).

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Book Info

Publication date

29th July 2014

Author

David Olusoga

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Publisher

Head of Zeus

Format

Hardback
432 pages

Categories

History
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First World War
European history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9781781858974

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